Presque Isle living up to its moniker of Wisconsin's last wilderness*
Wisconsin’s last wilderness is the nickname given Presque Isle, Wis. Located in the far northeast corner of Vilas County along Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, this community covers 74.4 square miles. Almost 300 years ago the area was discovered by French missionaries who named the area, Presque Isle or “Almost an Island.” They gave this name because of the more than 1000 lakes and 70 rivers and streams that surround the area, including the headwaters that dump into Lake Superior.
The area had a long logging history, served by a spur of the C & NW railroad out of Mercer, Wis. The town’s first name was Fosterville after the owner of the mill and then it became Winegar, after the next mill owner. The mill closed in the 1930s and became Presque Isle in 1955, according to the Presque Isle Chamber, when it was deemed a more “alluring” name.
Today, just over 600 are permanent residents and there are a plethora of seasonal residents. The world’s largest walleye rearing ponds now occupy what used to be mill ponds. The area is a haven for nature lovers and outdoor sports enthusiasts of all types and the town revels in the wilderness setting.
*Photo credit Ed Tallard, YouTube 2012
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